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Best shoes for Women with IT band syndrome who prefer neutral support

Neutral runners tend to have their arches ever so slightly collapse inward when they run. Their arches are neither flat nor high, but somewhere in between. They require neither stability nor much cushion. What these neutral runners do need, however, is a shoe designed for them. They key is a lack of medial support on neutral running shoes: with such support, neutral runners would be pushed too far outward, leading to injuries. Luckily, every major running brand makes (at least a few) neutral shoes, which can be used from the track to the trail.

Many runners know the dangers of IT Band Syndrome; it can linger for months if not years, rearing its ugly head right before a race. IT band syndrome, or Iliotibial Band Syndrome, is caused when the ligament that runs outside the leg becomes tight, inflamed, and just downright painful to move. This problem can arise from weaknesses in certain muscles or running's repetitive motions. Luckily, the right shoe can make a difference, both in terms of preventing and treating IT band issues.

Brooks Launch 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • its lighter than my last shoe, feels like I can crush all my PRs
  • The perfect amount of cushion
  • Really light but also supportive for my high arches

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and plantar fascitis.

Brooks Launch 3

Brooks Purecadence 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Durability
  • The flexibility and weight. Also with the contours along my foot
  • The shoe fits well and has perfect cushioning

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with IT band syndrome and shin splints.

Brooks Purecadence 5

Brooks Ghost 8

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • It's weight
  • Fit and cushioning
  • Stability

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and IT band syndrome.

Brooks Ghost 8

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The wave plate in the sole
  • Breathable
  • No additional unnecessary cushion

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with achilles pain and plantar fascitis.

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Brooks Ghost 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Flexibility
  • Good cushioning
  • Comfortable

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with IT band syndrome and shin splints.

Brooks Ghost 9

Mizuno Wave Rider 19

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The light weight build keeps me feeling light on my feet
  • The arches
  • the study sole, providing grip and stability

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with plantar fascitis and IT band syndrome.

Mizuno Wave Rider 19

Saucony Kinvara 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Lightweight and flexible
  • It is very light, comfortable and supportive
  • Flexible fit

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with IT band syndrome and runner's knee/patellar tendinitis.

Saucony Kinvara 7

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Cushion!
  • The shoe's cushion
  • Cushioning

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with IT band syndrome and achilles pain.

Hoka One One Clifton 2

Brooks Glycerin 14

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The support of the whole foot
  • support while being lightweight.
  • Comfort

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with plantar fascitis and runner's knee/patellar tendinitis.

Brooks Glycerin 14

Brooks Pureflow 5

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Comfort
  • The lighat weight nature.
  • Soft

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with bad blisters.

Brooks Pureflow 5

Brooks Glycerin 13

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Flexible
  • Light
  • the amount of cushion and support in the heel for my ankle tendonitis

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with plantar fascitis and flat feet.

Brooks Glycerin 13

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